Miguel Andujar appears to be making some progress in his way back from a small tear in his right labrum.
During batting practice on Friday, the infielder was throwing from third base for the first time since going on the IL on April 1.
Andujar, who was also taking batting practice for the second straight day at Yankee Stadium, told YES Network reporter Meredith Marakovits that he was throwing to first base at about 50 perent and had no issues with his shoulder.
The 24-year-old is hoping to avoid season-ending surgery to repair the small tear in his labrum and the Yankees have been considering ways to use him aside from having him play third base.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Andujar threw on Friday that he is "really encouraged" about what they saw.
On Thursday, Boone echoed what SNY's Andy Martino suggested about possibly playing Andujar as primarily a DH because hitting is not as much of an issue as the throwing is in the rehab process.
Boone also suggested playing Andujar at first base, too.
The Yankees could use Andujar's bat in the lineup as soon as possible.
The team has struggled early in the season off to an 8-10 start as injuries have continued to take its toll on the team.
It is still undetermined if Andujar will undergo surgery and therefore, no timetable placed on his return.